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    1. 1. Getting Started with Flex and PHP
    2. 2. Ryan Stewart ryan@adobe.com blog.digitalbackcountry.com @ryanstewart github.com/ryanstewart Live in Seattle, WA (Born in Glenwood Springs) Into: Beer, Mountaineering, Geolocation Adobe evangelist for 3.5 years 13 T 500100 4400259
    3. 3. Agenda What is Flex? Flex and PHP: The Why and the Workflows Advanced PHP Features with Flex Using PHP and the Flash Platform
    4. 4. Flex is Not: Basic Animations Banner Ads Simple Video Menu Bars Small Pieces of Interactivity
    5. 5. Pyramid of Flash Features and Use Cases RIAs, Games Real-Time Collaboration Data Visualization, Gestures Interactive Widgets, Streaming Video, Advanced Drawing, Sound Generation, Filters/ Effects Simple Animation, Vector Graphics, Banner Ads, 5 Progressive Video
    6. 6. Pyramid of Flash Features and Use Cases RIAs, Games Real-Time Collaboration Data Visualization, Gestures Interactive Widgets, Streaming Video, Advanced Drawing, Sound Generation, Filters/ Effects Simple Animation, Vector Graphics, Banner Ads, Progressive Video HTML5
    7. 7. Pyramid of Flash Features and Use Cases RIAs, Games Flex Real-Time Collaboration Data Visualization, Gestures Interactive Widgets, Streaming Video, Advanced Drawing, Sound Generation, Filters/ Effects Simple Animation, Vector Graphics, Banner Ads, Progressive Video HTML5
    8. 8. Flex is Applications
    9. 9. Flex is for Developers Open Source SDK Familiar Programming Model 3rd Party Libraries and Frameworks Developer Tutorials
    10. 10. Flex is Rich, Extensible Components
    11. 11. Flex is Consistency
    12. 12. Flex is Productivity
    13. 13. Developer Tooling
    14. 14. Flash Builder Built on Eclipse Code completion, syntax highlighting Includes debugger, network monitor Build desktop or browser apps
    15. 15. Other Flex Developer Tools Visual Studio Plugin IntelliJ TextMate Bundles
    16. 16. How Flex and PHP Work Together In-Browser Applications Desktop/Mobile Apps Compile to SWF Package Flex Framework Components, Data Connection Effects Debugger, Validators, APIs, Compiler, XML / JSON / AMF / HTTP(S) / SOAP / Socket / RTMP PHP Code Exposed as Services that connects calls data from external data sources
    17. 17. Your first Flex App
    18. 18. Easily Connect to Data
    19. 19. Flash Builder Data Wizards Create PHP classes based on a database Easily connect to any exposed services Test operations and define types Generate forms based on data types Bind data to interface components
    20. 20. AMF and the Zend Framework
    21. 21. Intro to AMF A binary file format that represents a serialized ActionScript object Created as a way to exchange data with the Flash Player Allows you to map data types to Flash Player types Open Specification
    22. 22. AMF and PHP Projects AMFPHP - Great, open source, easy to use, still the standard ZendAMF - Part of the Zend Framework, most up to date WebORB PHP - Part of WebORB family, comes with code generation tools SaberAMF - Lightweight AMF implementation, similar to AMFPHP
    23. 23. http://www.jamesward.com/ census/
    24. 24. What About Design?
    25. 25. Designing Flex The ability to tweak styles with CSS Change themes that affect every component Work with a designer to skin components
    26. 26. Designer/ Developer Workflow Flex’s component model separates design from logic Allows developers to take and easily integrate designer content Flash Catalyst is the UI designer for Flex
    27. 27. Leveraging the Designer in Flex
    28. 28. Taking Flex and PHP Further
    29. 29. Real-Time Data Over Sockets
    30. 30. Typical HTTP Call Client Server Request Who Am I, What Am I, Where Am I Going? Response Who Am I, What Am I, Where Am I Going? Repeat
    31. 31. Socket Call Client Server Connection Push
    32. 32. PHP Can Act as Socket Server Flex can Connect via Socket Class Provides the capability to roll your own real-time data access
    33. 33. Using PHP to Manage Collaboration
    34. 34. LiveCycle Collaboration Services Cloud-based service for collaboration Uses Flash to enable real-time data transfer Includes a PHP library for managing service
    35. 35. PHP and Collaboration Management, authentication
    36. 36. Flashndroid
    37. 37. Questions ryan@adobe.com blog.digitalbackcountry.com @ryanstewart 13 T 500100 4400259 github.com/ryanstewart
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